Building Dynamic Sites with HTMX on Raven

HTMX is a powerful library that allows you to build dynamic websites using simple HTML attributes. It enables you to load content from the server without writing JavaScript, making it ideal for developers who want to add interactivity while keeping their code clean.

In this guide, we'll explore how to use HTMX with Raven to create dynamic sites effortlessly. We'll include examples like updating tabs and switching content sections.

Setting Up HTMX

To use HTMX in your Raven project, you can add it directly from a CDN by including the following <script> tag in your HTML:

<head>
  <script src="https://unpkg.com/htmx.org@1.9.2/dist/htmx.min.js"></script>
</head>

Now you're ready to start adding HTMX attributes to your HTML elements.

Example 1: Updating Tabs with HTMX

With HTMX, you can dynamically load different content for each tab by making server requests. Here's an example:

<!-- Tab Navigation -->
<ul>
  <li><a href="/tab-content/tab1" hx-get="/tab-content/tab1" hx-target="#tab-content">Tab 1</a></li>
  <li><a href="/tab-content/tab2" hx-get="/tab-content/tab2" hx-target="#tab-content">Tab 2</a></li>
  <li><a href="/tab-content/tab3" hx-get="/tab-content/tab3" hx-target="#tab-content">Tab 3</a></li>
</ul>

<!-- Tab Content -->
<div id="tab-content">
  <p>Select a tab to load content...</p>
</div>

Each tab has the hx-get attribute pointing to a URL and the hx-target attribute specifying the element that should be updated with the response. The server should return the appropriate HTML for each tab.

Example 2: Switching Content Sections with HTMX

You can also use HTMX to switch between different sections of content with a single click:

<!-- Section Links -->
<ul>
  <li><a href="/sections/overview" hx-get="/sections/overview" hx-target="#content">Overview</a></li>
  <li><a href="/sections/details" hx-get="/sections/details" hx-target="#content">Details</a></li>
  <li><a href="/sections/reviews" hx-get="/sections/reviews" hx-target="#content">Reviews</a></li>
</ul>

<!-- Content -->
<div id="content">
  <p>Select a section to load content...</p>
</div>

Again, the server should return the corresponding HTML for each section.

Example 3: Load More Content with HTMX

If you have a long list of content that you don't want to load all at once, you can use HTMX to load more items dynamically:

<!-- Content List -->
<ul id="content-list">
  <li>Item 1</li>
  <li>Item 2</li>
  <li>Item 3</li>
</ul>

<!-- Load More Button -->
<button hx-get="/load-more-items" hx-target="#content-list" hx-swap="beforeend">Load More</button>

The hx-swap="beforeend" attribute ensures that new items are appended to the end of the list.

Conclusion

HTMX makes it simple to add dynamic features to your Raven website without writing complex JavaScript. Whether it's updating tabs, switching content sections, or loading more items, HTMX keeps your HTML clean and your website interactive.

For more information or assistance, please contact Raven Support.